Census Data show Austin Housing Growth

By Juan Castillo and Shonda Novak

Published: 10:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

New U.S. Census Bureau data illustrate a transformation under way on Austin’s fringes: a surge in home construction that has reshaped once-sleepy farming communities like Hutto, Manor and Kyle into sprawling bedroom communities.

The conclusions aren’t surprising, but the data, collected between 2005 and 2009, confirm recent housing trends and depict growth in Central Texas in dramatic strokes.

This picture emerges from the more than 11 billion bits of information released Tuesday by the Census Bureau that offer exhaustive details about how Americans live, from how they get to work to how much money they make to what language they speak at home.

Austin-area housing growth had its biggest impact along Interstate 35 north and south of the city and along the Texas 130 toll road. Median home values in those areas are less expensive than in Austin and areas to the west of Austin, the census data show.

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